StartIsBack is a small application which returns Windows 8, 8.1, 10 a real fully featured start menu and start button, behaving exactly like the ones in Windows 7. It radically improves desktop usability and makes new Start screen clutter-free.
StartIsBack is fully native lightweight zero-privileges program, cheap and fair, fast, stable and secure. StartIsBack goes directly to desktop every time without flashing start screen even for a millisecond.
StartIsBack restores original Windows 7 start menu with all its features: search, drag and drop, pinned and recently used applications, and fully customizable settings.
Here the desktop and modern interfaces are clearly separated and are able to provide consistency in Windows 8, 8.1, 10 by separating desktop and modern programs, make the start screen clutter-free, totally native, and with rich customization and configuration.
Features of StartIsBack
Boot to desktop. Your session would start with the desktop. Always!
• Unlike other solutions, StartIsBack goes directly to desktop every time without flashing Start Screen even for a millisecond.
Restore original fully-featured Windows 7 start menu – with new styles
• StartIsBack restores original Windows 7 start menu with all its features: search, jump lists, drag and drop, pinned and recently used apps, fully customizable settings. Start button and Start menu look and behave exactly as they used to in Windows 7. StartIsBack includes fine-tuned visual styles and start button images that will fit your style and Windows 8, 8.1, 10 style.
Achieve the balance between Desktop and Modern UI
• Lot of troubles bug long time users in Windows 8, 8.1, 10: overly active screen corners; Start screen jumping in your face; hotkeys not behaving the way they’re expected to. StartIsBack allows you to fix many of those issues without breaking any usage scenarios, increasing your productivity with both Desktop and Modern interfaces.
Separate Desktop and Modern UI and make Start Screen clutter-free
• StartIsBack is the only tool which is able to provide consistency in Windows 8 by separating desktop and modern programs. Real work is done on desktop while new Start screen turns into launcher for modern apps only. Windows 8 forces you to organize new Start screen which can quickly become a long list of mess with automatically pinned programs. This is no longer the case with StartIsBack! If you turn Start screen into Apps screen, you won’t have the pain to manage two Start places.
Totally native; fully localized
• StartIsBack does not run any additional services or programs. It integrates into your computer smoothly. It does not require any other tools or frameworks to install and can be installed without administrative privileges. Start menu is fully localized into your language with same metrics and names Windows 7 had.
Rich customization and configuration
• StartIsBack allows you to configure all aspects of appearance and behavior of Start menu. This is done in most reliable way, within attractive and easy configuration UI. You can even configure Start menu to work like Windows XP one!
StartIsBack++ for Windows 10 can:
• Apply skins to taskbar!
• Fine-tune taskbar color
• Add taskbar translucency with blur
• Show live badges for modern apps
• Restore larger taskbar icons
• Reduce OS resource usage
Language: English, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, French, Danish, Greek, Italian, Turkish, Spanish, German, Polish, Czech, Croatian, Slovak, Finnish, Korean, Dutch, Norwegian, Serbian, Slovenian, Bangla, Hungarian, Swedish, Simplified Chinese, Indonesian
OS: Windows 8/8 x64/Server 2012/10/10 x64.
* Support for Windows 10 Anniversary Update
* New feature to disable application preloader on Windows 10 Anniversary Update
* Improved Plain10 visual style (search results are no longer black on white)
* StartIsBack now does not require reinstallation after Windows build upgrade
* Added glyph icons to PC settings
* Added support for non-numeric metro icon badges
* Added ‘Open file location’ for jumplist items
* Various fixes and improvements